Thursday, January 7, 2010

Vaughan Bows Out

Last week we reported that Mark Vaughan was considering running against Rick Crawford for the Republican nomination in the race for Arkansas' 1st Congressional District seat currently held by Marion Berry. But this week in a statement to supporters Vaughan says he plans to remain active in Arkansas politics and may seek office in the future, but not this time.

Here's his full statement:
Dear Friends,
Over the past couple of months we have diligently explored the possibility of my running for Arkansas's 1st Congressional District in 2010. It has been exciting to see the growing numbers who are very supportive of my candidacy. We are making progress and really enjoying the process. I believe that I have the qualifications, experience, leadership ability, and networks to eventually win and represent Arkansas in Washington D.C.

However, things are not developing fast enough for us to move forward. A successful campaign requires extraordinary organization and funding. At this point, time is not our friend. If we could have started in the spring of 2009, I am confident that we could have made a successful bid. Our international commitment did not allow us to arrive in the States and begin exploration until November. I do not feel that anything we have done has been wasted.

As the Lord allows, I intend to remain involved in Arkansas and U.S. politics in the coming days. As far as we know right now, this will be from India. When the time is right for me to launch a campaign, I hope that you will be energized and ready to help us fulfill our vision and dream of inspiring a new generation of godly leaders for our great country. As Christians, the greatest challenge before us is to reconnect our faith with real life.

I am deeply grateful for those of you who have pledged your time, energy, and resources to support us. No doubt, there were many others who would have eventually joined you. A number of you have already given so much to help us in this exploration phase. Thank you for your love, friendship, and loyalty. May God bless you for the kindness which you have shown to us and for the concern that you share for Arkansas and our nation as a whole.

Please keep us in your prayers!
Mark Vaughan, Ph.D.
Vaughan is a southern Baptist preacher who returned from serving as a missionary in India two months ago. Crawford officially announced his candidacy last summer and had quite a head start, working the 1st District and building support. To run a competitive primary campaign would have been extremely difficult given the groundwork already laid and the infrastructure already established by Crawford.

We at Boot Berry wish Vaughan and his family the best of luck.
Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, Election 2010, Marion Berry, Mark Vaughan, Rick Crawford

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